California to introduce ‘right to repair’ bill which Apple opposes

“California is preparing to join several other states with a new Right to Repair bill, which will require smartphone manufacturers to provide repair information, replacement parts, and diagnostic tools to product owners and independent repair shops,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“California Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman this afternoon announced plans to introduce the new California Right to Repair Act,” Clover reports. “Eggman says the bill will provide consumers with the freedom to choose a repair shop of their choice.”

“Since last year, Apple has been lobbying against Right to Repair bills in various states, as have several other technology companies,” Clover reports. “In Nebraska, for example, Apple said approving Right to Repair would turn the state into a “mecca for bad actors” making it “easy for hackers to relocate to Nebraska.” Other arguments from tech companies and appliance manufacturers have suggested Right to Repair bills would compromise device security and safety. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This ill-considered bill should never be made law. It will retard innovation along with making products less secure, susceptible to water and dust damage, more expensive, and more dangerous.

We do not want to be trapped aboard a jetliner at 30,000 feet when some random unauthorized repair shop’s handiwork goes up in flames. It’s bad enough that there are some Samsung phones in steerage. We try not to think about that when flying.

As we wrote last March:

Using authorized channels is the only way to ensure you are getting genuine Apple parts and that the repair will be done to the right specifications. With so many second-hand smartphones, for example, being sold and re-sold, how are buyers to know their battery is the genuine part and that it was correctly installed? How safe are would these smartphones be to have on airplanes, for example?

Certainly it can be dangerous to mishandle/damage lithium batteries during DYI repairs and the results can injure not just the repairer.

What if somebody’s half-assed DIY battery installation burns down an apartment building at 3am or sets fire to a plane in flight? When even Samsung can’t fix their own batteries correctly, we doubt every single Joe and Jane Sixpack would be able to manage a perfect battery installation every single time. It only takes one mistake to cause a tragedy.

SEE ALSO:
State of Washington bill would make it illegal to sell electronics that don’t have easily replaceable batteries – January 26, 2018
Why Apple doesn’t want you repairing your broken iPhone or iPad yourself – July 12, 2017
Apple makes iPhone screen fixes easier as U.S. states mull ‘right to repair’ laws – June 7, 2017
Apple lobbying against ‘Right to Repair’ legislation, New York State records confirm – May 18, 2017
Apple fights against ‘right to repair’ – April 20, 2017
Apple fights ‘right to repair’ proposal; warns Nebraska could become a ‘Mecca for bad actors’ – March 10, 2017
Apple fights tooth and nail against ‘right to repair’ laws – March 8, 2017
Right to repair: Why Nebraska farmers are taking on John Deere and Apple – March 6, 2017
Right-to-Repair is ridiculous – February 16, 2017
Apple said to fight ‘Right to Repair’ legislation – February 15, 2017

20 Comments

  1. Well, I’m a coach passenger and I think this bill is stupid and just asking for trouble and lawsuits out the other end. This lawmaker seems to have no idea what the ramification are if this bill passes. In my business, which is healthcare, there is a saying, “let California try it out before doing anything”. I hope people with common sense in California will look at this bill and vote it down. Apple is right here and I’ve not said that very often lately.

  2. With all arguments aside, it is simple.
    It’s all about Apple’s money grabbing desire that went too far. Simple as that.
    Not too long ago, one of the first things I did when I purchased a brand new MBP, or a Mac Mini, and others was replace RAMs with larger ones. Apple’s extra RAM option was way too overpriced (like everything else they sell). Then, on later models, when I upgraded a laptop, RAMs were soldered. Then for the next laptop, which was fairly recent, I found that the bottom cover could not be removed to replace battery, because they used Pentalobe head security screw (although my auto garage modified the regular torx head driver for me). I was angry because I could see Apple’s arrogant attitude of “don’t mess it with yourself, let us (Apple) take care of it for you” written all over but with way overpriced parts. Apple, pls do not make cute excuses like eliminating bad repairs et. Apple, you made large enough money by selling overpriced products. Hope you do not squeeze us further. I am all for the “right to repair” which is such a common sense, whether I actually exercise that right or not. Apple, if you accumulated so much profit by overpricing everything, together with overly tight eco system etc, it’s not a fair business practice, and people will begin to leave you eventually. You are warned.

  3. I might have sounded overly hostile to Apple. I love Apple (and trapped in their hands anyway:-).
    But the gist of what I was trying to say is this.

    When Trump was faced with the outrageous quote of Boeing for a fleet of new Air Force One, he said, “I love Boeing making a lot of money, but no this much”. Lately, I saw a news clip reporting that Boeing “significantly” reduced its price. Hey, even Trump says a smart thing every once in a while.
    When Apple was caught by what was perceived to be the planned obsolescence issue, Apple has immediately reduced the battery replacement charge from $79 to $29. I am sure they still make money at this price (albeit much smaller), evidence being a private firm also matched this price immediately.
    So my sentiment is “I love to see Apple making money, a lot of it. But not that much”, far exceeding Amazon, Esso, GE and Google etc etc and the list goes on, the majority of Apple’s revenue being derived from a tiny little gadget called iPhone (but it’s a mass consumer item, soon to be a commodity item).

  4. Hello I collect tactical manuals for the hell of it. I’d love to see apples and everybody else’s without having to pass 10,000 requirements to become a certified technician.

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